Alnwick Garden was the vision of the Duchess of Northumberland, and was built on a former derelict site of a walled garden. The first phase opened in 2001 with the Grand Cascade, the Rose Garden and the Ornamental Garden, and in 2005 it became home to one of the largest tree houses in the world as well as its Poison Garden. Now well established, in summer, the Garden...’s green landscape becomes a backdrop for more than 3000 roses, giant delphiniums and herbs. Not only is it a major North East tourist attraction but it also provides 680 jobs.
Funding to develop the garden came from a range of organisations, one such fund being the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). It means that Europe has helped to create yet another beautiful space in the North East for everyone to enjoy. So bring a picnic, smell the roses, play in the fountains and have a great day in gorgeous Northumberland. EU’ll love it!
The North East has received billions of pounds of investment over the decades from the EU. We are a net recipient of EU funds and the North East is entitled to more European funds than any other English region. The European Social Fund alone paid £157 million into the North East from 2007-2013. The European Regional Development Fund guaranteed £255 million between 2007 and 2013. Over the next five years the North East will get £726m in EU funds. The North East is also a net recipient of EU funds, which means for every £1 that we put in, we get £10 back—as well as the original £1.